There is a palpable arid and hollow feeling throughout much of Dave Eggers’ magnificent new novel, A Hologram For The King.
It is set in Jeddah, on the Saudi Arabian coast, and peopled by
characters who seem adrift in the vast desert and alien to their own
sense of self.
To say that Spike Jonze's adaptation of Maurice Sendak's 'Where the Wild Things Are' sometimes plays like a wrenchingly melancholy, Bergman-esque domestic drama isn't much help to people who want to know if children will like it.
Younger moviegoers in search of thoughtful, literate romantic comedies that credit them for being intelligent and sensitive might respond strongly to 'Away We Go,' directed by Sam Mendes ('Revolutionary Road,' 'American Beauty') from a screenplay by husband-and-wife writers Dave Eggers and Vendela Vida. Grade: B.